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Ian Hodgson mountain relay, Sunday 4 October

The Ladies teamFabulous weather for the Ian Hodgson mountain relay this year. Calm, clear, sunny, couldn’t have been a better year to debut at this event. Conditions were so good that the “past it” Borrowdale team not only won (again) but they smashed the course record.


Holmfirth Harriers fielded two teams – one ladies, one gentlemen. This meant getting 16 people to Sykeside Camping Park, Brotherswater on Sunday morning, many of whom were coming from different directions, with as much car-sharing as possible to avoid the £10 penalty for lone drivers. We didn’t quite manage, but Andy sneaked through unnoticed and Helen dodged the fee by picking up a hitchhiker on the Kirkstone Pass (aka Lucy).


We ladies got of to a flying start, thanks to Katie and Lisa, who completed the first leg ahead of any other ladies pair (winning a £10 Pete Bland voucher each). The pressure was on… We didn’t retain that position, unfortunately, but given the calibre of the competition that was always unlikely. We eventually finished fourth (out of nine ladies teams) behind Dark Peak, Ilkley and Ambleside, and ahead of Keswick, Wharfedale, Horwich and Todmorden.


A good day for the men too. They finished 18th out of 68 teams, which I’ve been told is the first time in ages that Holmfirth has secured a top twenty placing in this event.


Run of the day came from Tom and Bill, both who had come armed with a list of pre-race illnesses and injuries. As it happens, there was no need to wheel out the excuses and they were 7th fastest on their leg - despite taking advice from Ashley on a descent route. I’ve heard that even Helen was swearing when she and Barbara tried to find the same racing line.

Catering was provided by the parents and friends of Patterdale School. Awesome bacon butties and an amazing array of cakes. Hope to be back next year…


Leg-by-leg results (men): Julian Rank/Andy Shaw ( 1:09:28; 22nd on leg), John Ewart/Nigel Moran ( 1:14:19; 29th on leg), Chris Beadle/John Adair (45:54; 34th on leg), Tom Brunt/Bill Stewart ( 1:14:19; 7th on leg).


Leg-by-leg results (women): Lisa Lacon/Katie Walshaw (1.13:29; 29th on leg), Lucy Griffiths/Jacqueline France ( 1:23:42; 50th on leg), Paula Gould/Karen Sinkinson (50:34; 49th on leg), Helen Berry/Barbara Hinchliffe ( 1:47:06; 60th on leg).


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Welcome to the fell running section. If you have an aversion to tarmac and the prospect of scrambling up steep-sided hills and careering down the other side on paths mainly populated by nimble-footed sheep, come rain, shine or snow sounds like fun, then fell running is for you. Holmfirth Harriers has a long and glorious history of running on the fells. Recent individual achievements include three consecutive wins in the Old County Tops for Tom Brunt and a silver medal in the Yorkshire championships for Helen Berry. On the team front we have had a series of solid performances in the FRA relays and the Ian Hodgson. In the 2009 Calderdale Way Relay the women were 4th and the men equalled their best ever performance with a magnificent 3rd place.



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